REQUEST', n. [L. requisitus, requiro; re and quaero, to seek. See Quest, Question.]

1. The expression of desire to some person for something to be granted or done; an asking; a petition.

Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen. Esther 7.

2. Prayer; the expression of desire to a superior or to the Almighty. Phil. 4.

3. The thing asked for or requested.

I will both hear and grant you your requests.

He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. Ps. 104.

4. A state of being desired or held in such estimation as to be sought after or pursued.

Knowledge and fame were in as great request as wealth among us now.

In request, in demand; in credit or reputation.

Coriolanus being now in no request.

Request expresses less earnestness than entreaty and supplication, and supposes a right in the person requested to deny or refuse to grant. In this it differs from demand.

REQUEST', v.t.

1. To ask; to solicit; to express desire for.

The weight of the golden ear-rings which he requested, was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold. Judges. 8.

2. To express desire to; to ask. We requested a friend to accompany us.

Court of requests, in England, a court of equity for the relief of such persons as addressed his majesty by supplication.

3. A court of conscience for the recovery of small debts, held by two aldermen and four commoners, who try causes by the oath of parties and of other witnesses.